12 Cool and Attractive Uses for Mason Jars

Mason Jars are fantastic objects to acquire when you are trying to lead a more sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle. Glass is a sustainable material as it can be recycled over and over again and has so many uses.

Investing in and reusing glass objects is also a great way to reduce overall human waste as the more we re-use and recycle it, the less new glass is created and therefore, the more energy is saved. The energy used to manufacture products that we use daily is one of the biggest contributors to global warming, so investing in a product that can be used so many times in so many interesting and unique ways is an important component in the fight against climate change.

Mason jars are affordable and stylish items that don’t ever run out of uses, can be adapted and decorated to your specific tastes and truly last a lifetime. Here are 12 cool uses for mason jars that you can try at home.


Using mason jars to hold your household items is perhaps the most obvious use for them and there are so many items that they can hold. Pencils, toothbrushes, flowers, small plants, cooking utensils and herbs and spices are only some of the ways you can make the most out of your mason jars.


Creating picturesque lantern and candle holders from your mason jar is a fantastic way to decorate your home or garden. The tutorial below showcases how you can create your own mason jar lantern using a cord set, lightbulb, hammer and nail pliers.

Stained Glass Ornament

Staining the glass of your mason jar in bright and vibrant colors is a wonderful and DIY way to decorate your home. Using food dye that your can find at your local supermarket, the below video shows you exactly how to create striking and artistic ornaments from your jars that will glow in the light.

Soap Dispenser

To transform your mason jar into a handy soap dispenser all you need is a mason jar lid, a soap pump top, a drill and some glue. First, drill a hole into the lid that the soap pump will fit through. Next, cut the end of the soap pump to fit the mason jar (it needs to reach the bottom). Then glue the bottom of the pump into the lid hole and fill the jar up with your favorite soap! It will most likely hold twice the size of regular hand soaps and can be used over again in many different scents.

Drinking Glass

Using mason jars as drinking glasses is especially fun for special events and parties as the jars make fantastic and distinctive cocktail glasses. Mason jars can be used to fit the theme of your party and as they’re made of glass, they’ll keep drinks refreshingly ice cold!

Oil Lamp 

Oil lamps are not only attractive and romantic, they use oil to fuel light. Used widely thousands of years ago, oil lamps can provide light for up to four hours or more and can be decorated using flowers, shells, crystals and rocks. The below video demonstrates how to create your own oil lamp using just oil, a cotton wick and something to nail a hole into the lid of the mason jar – for the cotton wick to come through and be lit.



Table Lamp 

Injecting a personal touch into your home’s décor can easily be achieved with mason jars. A homemade lamp constructed from a mason jar is a brilliant way to add a rustic, DIY aesthetic into your home. To create your own, you’ll need a jar lamp adapter, a lamp shade of your choice, plus anything you’d like to use to decorate the inside of the jar. Watch the video below for a step by step tutorial on how to make one.

Snow Globe

To gift your loved ones with something special, homemade and decorative for the holidays, try your hand at creating a mason jar snow globe. You’ll need a Christmas ornament (such as a tree, Santa or star), glitter, glue and a glue gun, warm water and a spoon. First, glue your chosen ornament onto the lid. Then, mix glue, warm water and glitter into the jar and stir. Finally, screw on the lid, turn the jar upside down and shake away.

Air Freshener

Create a homemade air freshener with a refreshing and natural scent of your choice using your mason jar. To make one, you’ll need a piece of paper, baking soda and an essential oil of your choice that smells amazing. Fill up a third of the jar with baking soda and add around 15 drops of your essential oil. Next, trace the mason jar’s lid on the paper and cut out its shape. Then, screw the lid with the paper cut out onto the jar and pierce holes in the paper so that the scent can flow through.

Photo Frame

Mason jars can be used to create unique photo frames by simply placing your favorite photos in the jar. You can style them with both the lid on or off.

Nail Polish Remover

You can easily transform your mason jar into an easy-to-use nail polish remover by cutting a sponge in half and placing both parts into the jar, Then soak the sponge with nail polish remover and rubbing your nails in between the remover soaked sponges to take off your nail varnish. 

Juice Blender Jar

Many blenders will be able to fit a mason jar on top, which is fantastic for creating your homemade fruit-infused juices and smoothies. When you are finished blending, simply drink your concoction or screw the lid onto the mason jar and refrigerate or freeze it for later.

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